Sunday, February 11, 2018
Brand, the daughter and granddaughter of Dutch dairy farmers, was born in Muskegon, Michigan and raised in Pella, Iowa, where she attended Pella Christian High School. Brand studied at the University of Minnesota Morris from 1991–95, graduating with a B.A. degree in political science. She then attended Harvard Law School (1995–98), where she was deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. After receiving her J.D. degree, Brand clerked for Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Charles Fried in 1998–99 and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2002–03. In 1999, she also served as General Counsel for Elizabeth Dole's presidential exploratory committee. From 1999 to 2000, Brand worked at the firm Cooper, Carvin, & Rosenthal, now known as Cooper & Kirk.
Interesting early career. She went to an obscure college, then to Harvard Law School.